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Getting Out Of Ketosis

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 11, 2012 at 1:48 AM

So, I've seen a lot of questions about ketosis here. How to get into it, how long till you're fat adapted, and how to know when you're in it, but I was wondering how easy/hard it is to get out of it? Let's say you're below 50g carb for a few months, will one day of above 50g carbs do it? How about two days? a week? Does it matter if the carbs are "safe" vs. eating a plate of profiteroles?

(Just to be clear, I did not just eat a plate of profiteroles.)

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Awesome answer, Eugenia. Definitely puts the entire process in better perspecitve for me. Thanks for the breakdown.

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Thanks, although how to get in it, fat-adaption, and how to know were just examples of the questions I had seen on here. Still, thoughtful answer.

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How to get into it

Eat less than 50 gr of NET carbs per day. You will be in ketosis within 3 days, on average. Remember, "net" carbs (you remove the fiber number when you calculate how much you ate, use cronometer.com to keep track of all that).

how long till you're fat adapted

You mean keto-adapted. It's ketones you're looking into getting your body using efficiently. It's between 1 month and 2 years. At the end of the first month, your body will be able to use ketones, but it will take a long time to fully train your body to use ketones super-efficiently as it does with glucose.

and how to know when you're in it

You pee on keto-sticks. They cost $15. But you don't really need them. As long as your pee smells like cat pee, and your breath might stink, or you count your net carbs, then you will know that you're in ketosis. Remember, when you start to become keto-adapted in a higher degree, after a few months, your keto-sticks will NOT show that you're in ketosis, even if you are. The reason for this is because your body will be using the ketones as fuel (which is what you want), instead of peeing them out. So save your money,.

but I was wondering how easy/hard it is to get out of it?

A few days over 75gr of net carbs per day should kick you out, although it's different for each person. It doesn't matter though, because you seem to think that ketosis is an "in" or "out" thing. It's not. It's a range, a spectrum.

Does it matter if the carbs are "safe" vs. eating a plate of profiteroles?

Although a plate of profiteroles will definitely kick you out of ketosis (too many carbs), the point is that if you eat wheat/grains but you're still under the allowed number of net carbs per day, is OK for the old plain keto diet, but it is not ok for the Paleo-ketogenic diet. Gluten will undo a lot of the great health benefits you can get from ketosis, so avoid such indulgence. If you must eat something outside of the Pale-keto diet because it's your birthday or something, go for a fruit, or a sweet potato. Avoid gluten.

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on June 11, 2012
at 03:45 AM

Awesome answer, Eugenia. Definitely puts the entire process in better perspecitve for me. Thanks for the breakdown.

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on June 11, 2012
at 02:11 AM

Thanks, although how to get in it, fat-adaption, and how to know were just examples of the questions I had seen on here. Still, thoughtful answer.

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